Saturday, January 20, 2007
Hayek and Orwell
In the prologue of the American edition of The Road To Serfdom, Hayek acknowledges the kindness of George Orwell in reviewing his book. Here is the review. Orwell concludes: "Capitalism leads to dole queues, the scramble for markets, and war. Collectivism leads to concentration camps, leader worship, and war. There is no way out of this unless a planned economy can somehow be combined with the freedom of the intellect, which can only happen if the concept of right and wrong is restored to politics". Aparently Orwell did not fully understand Hayek's argument.